Comcast announced today that Steven White was recently promoted to the position of president of the cable operator’s West Division.
In his new role, White will be the senior executive responsible for Comcast's video, high-speed Internet and voice operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Wisconsin.
White will lead a team of nearly 20,000 employees that help serve more than 6 million customers. Comcast said White will begin his role immediately and will report directly to Dave Watson, executive vice president of operations for Comcast Cable.
"[White] has a proven track record of leading a financially successful business, deploying advanced technologies, improving the customer experience and developing employees for career advancement," said Watson. "His solid understanding of Comcast's operations, his passion for our long-term vision on innovation and his charismatic leadership style will ensure the West Division and our overall organization maintains its successful momentum and reaches new heights in the future."
White takes over for former West Division president Brad Dusto, who has served in a number of leadership roles in his 17-year career at Comcast, including chief technology officer prior to taking on the West Division role in 2002.
Earlier this year, Dusto said he wanted to devote more of his time to the many community organizations that he supports, including Habitat for Humanity. Comcast said Dusto has in-depth knowledge of all of the elements of Comcast and its field operations, and he has agreed to stay on with company to work on key operational initiatives on a consultative basis while he focuses on his community support.
Comcast said White has extensive operations experience, most recently serving as the regional senior vice president of the California Region, which has more than 2 million customers.
Prior to his role in California, White was the regional senior vice president of the company's Mid-South Region, along with leading Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast, which is a 24-hour regional sports network based in Atlanta.
Prior to the merger of Comcast and AT&T Broadband, White served as senior vice president of AT&T's Atlanta cluster from 2000 to 2002. His first job in the cable industry was in Chicago, where he served as regional vice president with Telecommunications Inc. (TCI) before it was bought out by AT&T.
Before joining the cable industry, White spent six years with the Colgate-Palmolive Co., where he held several positions of increased responsibility. White has 27 years of experience in sales, marketing, operations and general management.
While he was in California, White was the chairman of the board of directors of the California Cable & Telecommunications Association (CCTA) and served on the board of directors for the California Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Area Council. He also served on the honorary advisory board for WICT Northern California.
Comcast said White would relocate from the Bay Area to the Denver metro area in the New Year.